‘The Michigan’s’ mighty comeback

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A new ESPN documentary from Jon Fish, BA ’95, documents the trajectory of Mike Legg’s heart-stopping play that secured the 1996 NCAA title for Red Berenson’s Wolverines. After fading into obscurity for nearly three decades, Legg’s move ‘the Michigan’ is back with a vengeance, changing the game at every level.

  1. The most precise measurement of our expanding universe

    With 5,000 tiny robots in a mountaintop telescope, researchers can look 11 billion years into the past. Now, using the largest 3D map of our cosmos ever constructed, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument reveals the most precise measurements to date of how fast the universe has expanded throughout its history.

  2. Earliest recorded ‘ice-out’ date on Douglas Lake at U-M Biological Station

    The ice-out, declared on March 16 this year, comes after the latest-recorded Douglas Lake “ice-in” occurred on Jan. 6 — making this the shortest season of lake ice cover recorded at the BioStation in Northern Michigan: just 70 days.

  3. What Ohtani scandal means for his career, fans and team

    U-M experts discuss the scandal involving Los Angeles Dodgers player Shohei Ohtani (formerly of the Los Angeles Angels) and interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, who was fired for stealing $4.5 million from Ohtani’s bank account to pay off gambling debts.

  4. UMCI design approved, construction ramps up

    U- M’s Board of Regents recently approved the schematic design for the University of Michigan Center for Innovation in Detroit, a six-story building expected to open in spring 2027. The lower floors of the building will host public-facing programs while the upper floors will be dedicated mostly to graduate programs.

  5. U-M astronomers conduct first search for forming planets with new space telescope

    Planets form in disks of dust and gas called protoplanetary disks that whirl around a central protostar during its final assembly. While such disks have been imaged, just two planets have been caught in the act of forming so far. Astronomers are now aiming the James Webb Space Telescope at protoplanetary disks to find clues about the ways in which planets form, and how they influence their natal disk.

  6. New Michigan poverty map identifies needs related to education, food insecurity, affordable housing

    A new data map showcasing diverse indicators of poverty and well-being throughout Michigan highlights the key challenges confronting residents in different parts of the state and suggests interventions for the state’s most critical needs. The latest map features 2021 data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

It’s only the beginning

More than 8,500 graduates attended Spring Commencement May 4, their seats filling the field at Michigan Stadium. They were surrounded by thousands of joyful family, friends, and supporters. Commencement speaker Brad Meltzer, BA ’92, a best-selling writer (fiction, non-fiction, comic books, and television) encouraged students to commit the most radical act imaginable by “unleashing your kindness.” The commissioning ceremony was interrupted by approximately 75 pro-Palestinian protesters who gathered at the rear of the student section and moved down the center aisle, waving flags and chanting, “Disclose. Divest. We will not stop. We will not rest.” After about 15 minutes, the demonstrators moved to the back of the stadium — guided by officers — and the program continued. Read the complete story and see more photos at The University Record.

  • Hat trick

    “As you leave Michigan, write in pencil and be unafraid to use the eraser,” said commencement speaker and best-selling author Brad Meltzer, BA ’92. “The most sophisticated and intelligent people I know are the ones willing to challenge their thinking and admit there’s more to learn.” (Image credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

    Students toss graduation caps in the air.
  • Super heroes

    Commencement speaker Brad Meltzer, BA ’92, recounted the thrill of seeing classmate Desmond Howard pull the Heisman pose at his own graduation, then invited Howard, along with 2023 national champions Blake Corum and J.J. McCarthy to the stage. Talk about a modern-day thrill for the Class of 2024.

    Four men stand on stage at Michigan Stadium opening their graduation gowns to reveal Block M t-shirts.
  • There’s two in every crowd…

    “We’re so proud of your achievements, and we look forward to all that you will do,” President Santa Ono told the graduates. “You will always be part of the University of Michigan family.” Even these characters. (Image credit: Sarah Rice, Michigan Photography)

    Two students dressed as Spiderman in their caps and gowns.
  • Heart to heart

    “Far too much importance is placed on ideals, positions, and demands rather than the human lives that they affect,” said Faculty Senate Chair Tom Braun in his address to the graduates. “I hope you are able to peacefully find your way to be heard, and allow others to be heard, in a vast and often confusing world.” (Image credit: Sarah Rice, Michigan Photography)

    Two females in caps and gowns embrace in Michigan Stadium.
  • Flagged

    “In the end, don’t vanquish your critics. Prove them wrong,” commencement speaker Brad Meltzer, BA ’92, told the Class of 2024. (Image credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

    Grad in cap and gown waves Michigan flag in Michigan Stadium.
  • The COVID generation finally gets a graduation

    “I’d like to offer my most sincere congratulations to our graduates, for all they have done to reach this milestone, and for all you are going to achieve moving forward in your lives,” said President Santa Ono.

    President Ono, an Asian male in glasses, stands at podium on graduation day. 2024